Recipe: Spaghetti Squash

When I first heard of Spaghetti Squash – I just didn’t get it! I didn’t even know if I liked Squash but the thought of using a vegetable (some would argue that it’s technically a fruit) as a pasta substitute baffled me. Could anything be as delicious as regular, carb filled pasta??

I decided to give it a try & this is how it turned out:

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Not only does it look amazing but it taste DELICIOUS! I was really surprised by the texture and I plan to start incorporating Spaghetti Squash into my weekly dinners more often. Anytime I work with recipes I find online, I always substitute ingredients & put my own spin on it so here is the recipe I used to make my Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp.

What You Need:

sharp knife

cutting board

baking sheet or roasting pan

1 fork & spoon

small bowl

pastry brush (optional)

Ingredients:

Spaghetti Squash – I used a 2lb squash, but adjust size to the amount of servings you want.

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Butter

Garlic

Herb of your choice (rosemary, basil, thyme etc.) – I used a little ground Italian seasoning

Shrimp

Instructions:

1. Cut your squash in half lengthwise. Be very careful and go slow as it is not easy to slice.

2. Scoop out & discard the seeds. (If you would like to keep the seeds to roast them click HERE)

3. Preheat your oven to 375 °F. Take your olive oil, sea salt, black pepper & herbs and mix them together in a bowl. Using a pastry brush or spoon, brush both sides (top & bottom) of your squash generously and place them on your baking sheet with the opening facing down.

4. Bake for 40 minutes – if you have a larger squash, you might want to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. When I removed the squash, my top was browned.

5. Remove squash from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes. Take your fork & go around your squash separating the skin, you will instantly start to see your string noodles. Then just scrape the center the same way and place in a small bowl. Use your fork or your fingers to separate any pieces that do not appear “stringy.”

*Taste the noodles. Feel free to skip the remaining steps if you are satisfied with the taste & do not want to add extra calories with the butter or add shrimp. The taste of the spaghetti with the mixture of the olive oil with salt, pepper & herbs is delicious as is.

6. Heat a pan with garlic and butter – use as much or as little as you would like. Toss in the spaghetti squash and mix for about 2 minutes so it soaks up the butter and garlic then plate.

7. These particular shrimp were already cooked so I just let them sit in room temp water and after I removed the spaghetti squash from the pan, I threw the shrimp in to catch some of the butter & garlic flavor and topped them on to the spaghetti.

Here are the steps with pictures I took while cooking:

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I was surprised at what an easy meal this turned out to be. Next week I will be trying it with a meat sauce but there are endless amounts of possibilities when cooking with Spaghetti Squash. Here are a few other recipes that caught my eye.

Spicy Roasted Tomato Marinara with Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash Tostados

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Simple, Superb Hair for Summer

Simple, Superb Hair for Summer

Healthy Hair Tips from Expert Stylist, Nunzio Saviano

Those wicked winter months we just escaped have robbed our skin and hair from its luster, health and radiance. . So there’s no better time to refresh and reconnect with beautiful, dreamy hair to emphasize sun-kissed skin and an invigorated style attitude.

Expert stylist, Nunzio Saviano can transform anyone’s weather look with his magical hands, and advice for summer, which he offers here.

Trim It

Shed the winter wardrobe, and damage. “I can’t stress how important this is. Cutting, trimming and dusting, whichever you prefer to call it, is vital in keeping hair healthy from root to tip. In fact, not taking care of split ends can result in damage that moves up the hair shaft.” Chop, chop friends!

Shampoo More Frequently

“Instead of thinking of it as shampooing your hair, think of it as cleaning your scalp,” remarks Nunzio. Just as you clean your face regularly, you need to clean your hair. Wash your hair every other day or third day at most. Never go a week without shampooing your hair! While soaping up, try to give yourself a scalp massage. Massaging helps increase blood flow to the scalp, which is the best thing for the hair follicle. Remember, a clean scalp leads to healthy hair.”

Brush Up on Brushing

“Women don’t brush their hair as often as they should and some don’t do it correctly. When you brush your hair you should always make sure it touches your scalp, do not just brush the ends. It’s also very important to invest in a good brush like a Mason Pearson or natural hair brush. Bottom line, brushing should be done on a daily basis to disperse hair oils and keep hair healthy and strong.”

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Award-winning stylist Nunzio is the proprietor of his namesake salon on the Upper East Side in NYC. This intimate, inviting full-service salon offers services including cut, color and treatments ranging from professional Kerastase services and the latest non-toxic smoothing innovations.

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